How Movies Can Help You Write Better Application Essays

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Like most people, you probably have many stories that you can tell about your life. You’ve done things, gone places, had triumphs and taken nosedives. As the saying goes, “life happens.” The best college application essays, however, don’t merely tell what happened to you; they also let admission officers understand why what happened matters. … Read More

Financial Matters: Does Attending College Make Financial Sense?

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Media stories about the rising cost of a college education and student debt, combined with the lingering economic effects of the recession, have led many people to question whether it still makes financial sense to attend college. The answer is a resounding yes, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. … Read More

It’s Time to Complete Financial Aid Forms

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October 1st marks the first day that American families can apply for student financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year. Here’s what you need to know: • All US colleges require the submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are applying for need-based financial aid. You need to complete … Read More

Applying Early Decision

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Traditionally, college application deadlines were often in January. More recently, however, there has been a push for earlier applications, with admission programs that include Early Action, Early Action II, Early Decision I, Early Decision II and even a few Single Choice Early Action programs enticing applicants with the promise of earlier decisions and possibly … Read More

Writing Great College Essays

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Start early. The more time you have, the less stress you’ll feel. Even if your college list isn’t 100% finalized yet, it’s not too early to start thinking about your application essays. Your essays are important, but essays are only a piece of what admission officers will consider. Do the best job possible with … Read More

Paying Your College Bill

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A few months before your child starts college, you’ll receive a bill from the college for your child’s first semester (or quarter) of expenses. The college will deduct any financial aid or scholarships, and the bill will show the amount you – the parent – will need to pay before school starts. If you … Read More

Appealing For More Financial Aid

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If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college’s financial aid office for more money. While colleges and universities won’t encourage it, you are within bounds. Individual financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments if … Read More

Need Accommodations for the SAT or ACT?

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Recently, both the College Board and the ACT announced big changes to their test accommodations policy. Unlike the past, when students seeking accommodations had to pass through a number of hoops, the process has been significantly streamlined for those needing language support or extended time for testing. Beginning January 1, 2017, the College Board … Read More

Avoiding the Dreaded Disease: Senioritis!

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American seniors sometimes think that because they have worked so hard throughout high school, they have earned the right to slack off senior year, especially in the last few months. By now, mid-year grades are on their way to colleges and students may have already been accepted at their favorite school. Why not kick … Read More

Using PSAT Results in Planning Testing Strategy

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Each year, tens of thousands of students take the PSAT exam at high schools across the United States. The PSAT is not used by colleges in the admissions process, but the results can help you better understand your academic strengths and weaknesses and suggest the skills you should focus on in preparing for college … Read More

Financial Matters: Time for an FSA ID!

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October 1st marks the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website for students applying for aid for the 2017-18 academic year. Although many colleges have much later deadlines for submitting the FAFSA, it is in the best interest of students to complete their applications as early as possible. Increasingly, seniors are … Read More

Completing Your CSS Profile

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The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available on October 1st. About 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs, however, use an additional form, the CSS Profile, to … Read More

Helping Your Child Select a College

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  It’s that time of year and students all over the country are anxiously awaiting the decision of their college applications. Some will decide to stay close to home, while others will step away from their familiar surroundings and move more than a thousand miles away. Regardless of the decision to be made, choosing … Read More

Are you worried about how you’ll pay for college?

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  Well, rest assured! There are many different funding opportunities to choose from, including scholarships, grants, and loans. In this article, you will learn more about different financial aid options for your student, and information regarding the FAFSA and CSS Profile Financial Aid forms.     TYPES OF AID: Scholarships Scholarships are one of … Read More

Rising Seniors Monthly To-Do List

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Over the years, My Pathway to College has experienced that rising seniors who began writing application essays during the summer did much better at getting accepted to their first choice schools. We believe this was a result of taking time to choose topics for questions that will positively highlight the student, writing a first … Read More

Class of 2015: Fire and Ice Party

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Getting accepted into college is a huge milestone, as we all know. For the entire duration of high school, our students are not only learning new subjects, but discovering and exploring their interests both inside and outside the classroom while studying for college prep exams. My Pathway to College recognizes the hard work our … Read More

Tips for Having a Productive Summer

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High schoolers: summer is here! The next few months are filled with trips, hanging out with friends, catching up on sleep—maybe even working your first internship. For many of us, the summer is also a chance to reflect, to explore interests, learn, and take advantage of a flexible schedule. College admissions looks to see … Read More

How to Prepare for Freshman Year of College

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Congratulations: you got into college! That is a HUGE accomplishment. And while the big move is still months away, there are some things you can do this summer to prepare. (Yes, those college forms sent via mail are meant to be filled out!) There are also some logistics to think about once you arrive … Read More

2015-2016 College Application Essay Prompts

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While the college essay is just one portion of the application process, it does carry weight. Think about it: the personal essay is the only place an admissions reader can discover something about you that is not covered in the rest of the application. So use this platform to share your thoughts, inspirations, and … Read More

Best Value Schools: National Universities

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The higher the quality the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal according to US News. This ranking is based on   schools ranked in the top half of their categories as US News places significant value on colleges that are above average academically. Find out which colleges have the best value … Read More

FREE College Readiness Presentation Series!

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My Pathway to College will be providing free college readiness sessions from 12-1 p.m., for students and/or parents who have enrolled in a Mira Costa College Youth Academy course. If interested in enrolling in a MiraCosta College Youth Academy Course and attending my free presentation, enroll here. Learn valuable college admissions information! Prizes and … Read More